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LATEST CASE NUMBERS
As of Wednesday, July 15, Montana reports a total of 2,096 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 145 new cases since yesterday, 1,147 active cases, and 34 deaths from the disease. State officials also report that 145 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 37 patients currently hospitalized, and 915 patients considered recovered. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.
Officials in Roosevelt County are allowing an annual rodeo to take place, while at least one Montana county has taken steps to enforce prohibitions on large gatherings.
The same day health officials announced a coronavirus outbreak at a Billings assisted living facility, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that his public health department will order all assisted living and nursing home facilities in the state to test all employees and residents before allowing any more visitors.
Data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides the first detailed accounting of the businesses aided by the Paycheck Protection Program, indicating that Montana’s loan recipients span nearly the full width of the state’s economic landscape.
Amtrak is aiming to cut $500 million from its $1.8 billion annual budget, and said it can accomplish part of that by reducing train frequency to three days a week on its 15 long-distance trains, including the Empire Builder.